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Archives: March 2010

Jobs Of The Day: Editor In Chief Of American Craft Magazine, More

American Craft Magazine wants to hire an editor in chief. They’re based in Soho, NYC right now but are soon moving to Minneapolis, MN. You’ll have to evolve the magazine and grow a new staff in the new location. Sounds like fun!

“The new editor has the opportunity and the challenge to maintain the high quality of the magazine and website, showcasing and interpreting past, present and emerging fine craft. He or she will build on and evolve the magazine beyond its recent comprehensive redesign. The editor will simultaneously build a new staff in a new location. At the same time, the American Craft Council will be reinforcing its own role in the contemporary craft world; revamping the Councils website and focusing on the way it can impact and support the field. While American Craft is not a house organ for the Council, the new editors openness to exploring the appropriate interrelationship between the two is important.”

More jobs:

Random House has an open position: a senior publicist. (New York, NY)
Baruch College needs a web copywriter. (New York, NY)
Momtastic wants a managing editor. (Culver City, CA)
The Baltimore Sun has an open position: a director of content. (Baltimore, MD)
Simon-Kucher & Partners needs a part-time PR manager. (Cambridge, MA)
Opposing Views wants a freelance web designer. (Los Angeles, CA)
Demand Media is hiring a SEO product manager. (Santa Monica, CA)
Runner’s World needs an assistant photo editor. (Emmaus, PA)
Sugerman Communications Group has an open position: a public affairs associate. (Los Angeles, CA)
Magnet Media is hiring a music blogger. (New York, NY)
Jones Lang LaSalle needs a marketing associate. (Chicago, IL)
Appssavvy needs a marketing specialist. (New York, NY)
The Argus Observer is seeking a news reporter. (Ontario, Or)
The International Medical News Group wants a multimedia reporter. (Rockville, MD)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 1001jobs on our board.

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Hear, Hear For The Compressed Workweek

Companies are increasingly realizing that a compressed workweek—where you work four ten-hour days—is better than a regular workweek for tons of reasons.

The state of Utah began offering that option to employees in 2008, and recently asked their workers whether they liked the option. A whopping 82% loved it, reports HRE Online.

“I don’t think you could survey any American workplace and get 80-some percent of the employees to agree on the color of the sky,” Michael Fischl, a University of Connecticut law professor who organized a four-day workweek symposium, told HRE Online.

Companies love it because it saves money, energy, and the environment, not to mention reducing overtime costs. Employees love it because they have one less day of commute, they feel more productive, and can get errands like doctor appointments done on Friday.

“Anecdotally, we’ve heard comments from Utah employees that a 10-hour day is long and that they’re exhausted,” Lori Wadsworth, a Brigham Young University professor who has been surveying Utah employees, told HRE Online. “But many also say they’re really energized because they know they’ll have a three-day weekend.”

Drawbacks: Less time to go out to dinner or do other evening activities, finding childcare with extended hours, and the fact that you’re working ten freaking hours a day.

The Feds have an option where you work nine 9-hour days and get the tenth day off, which seems like somewhat of a compromise.

Do you like these options? Should we all just transition to a Results Only Work Environment and forget about everything else?

‘My Goal…Is That At Least 90% Of Readers Think The Content Was Created By A Human’

Another in the robots-are-taking-over-journalism vein: Robbie Allen, the founder of StatSheet.com, says he’s come up with 21 different types of sports stories that can easily be written by a computer. “My goal for these [automated] blogs in version 1.0 is that at least 90% of the readers think the content was created by a human,” he blogged last week.

He added: “Will automated content be the end of sports journalism or blogging? Definitely not. There are always multiple sides to every story. And of course there are some categories of news (e.g. breaking news stories) that can’t be easily automated. I’d like to see an algorithm write a story about Tiger Wood’s infidelities! However, it will take only a short amount of time to get to the point where the average sports fan can’t tell the difference between human generated content and automated content.”

Allen’s starting with basketball and will move into NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB games.

Just remember, y’all: never trust robots.

Blodget: AOL’s Content Strategy ‘A Mess’ (Meanwhile, Yahoo Beefs Up Staff)

Another prominent AOLer—Mike Porath, editor of AOL News— is leaving the company, and Henry Blodget at Business Insider says it’s because AOL’s being schizophrenic.

CEO Tim Armstrong has expressed a strong desire to turn AOL into the Time, Inc. of the 21st Century–a content production engine with great premium brands, super search-engine-optimization, a booming local news business, and a revolutionary freelance assignment and management tool that will give voice to thousands of aspiring journalists around the world. Tim has spoken often of AOL’s commitment to journalistic excellence as well as its commitment to finally figuring out the sustainable low-cost online content-production and distribution model that is eluding most traditional media companies.

And that sounds good. Insiders believe that Tim’s heart is in the right place. They also believe that AOL may eventually be able to cobble its myriad divisions and properties and strategies into a more unified whole.

But there’s a huge gap between theory and execution, and right now, AOL’s content strategy is a mess.

AOL runs sites like Engadget, Daily Finance, etc., but also has “content farm” Seed assigning articles. And it sounds like these two halves haven’t figured out how to work together.

Blodget writes: “AOLers are not clear whether AOL’s Google management intends to pursue a Demand-Media-like content farming strategy, in which editors and writers are perceived as annoyingly-high costs, or a premium content strategy, in which editors and writers are viewed as rare and valuable talent who can build big standalone brands.”

AOL’s made some high-profile hires over the past year so it seems unlikely that it will dump all the folks it lured away from the AP, HarpersBazaar.com, ESPN.com, and more. But it did just launch Seed. So this is certainly a company to keep an eye on.

Meanwhile, in other news of Internet companies from the ’90s that are still inexplicably around, Yahoo! has hired a dozen journalists for Yahoo! News. Politico’s Michael Calderone is heading over there, which was hugely talked about in the blogosphere last week, but also moving to Yahoo News are Jane Sasseen, formerly of BusinessWeek, and Emmy-winning news producer Anna Robertson. Three years ago, Yahoo started creating original sports content and found it profitable. So now the company hopes to “maintain our healthy profit margins,” James Pitaro, head of media at Yahoo, told the NYT.

Share Your Jobseeking Story, Get…Free Golden Grahams?

golden_grahams.pngGeneral Mills has outdone themselves. Because jobseeking is hard, but jobseeking on an empty stomach is harder, the company is giving away 12 boxes of Golden Grahams to 75 people a week for three months. The catch? You’ve got to share your funny (or depressing) job search story in 140 122 characters or less, and General Mills and the Golden Grant team might animate it into a silly little video. Supposedly this will help you get a job, but really it’s just a brilliant promotion for Golden Grahams, which probably needs the help—when was the last time you bought this cereal? Its Google rank is getting whomped by Golden Crisp‘s, which (confession) we mistook GG for.

But even if you can’t get enough of that Golden Crisp, are they animating job interview stories about tight pants? Thought not.

Former Cygnus Staffers Buy Their Old Magazine’s Assets

Last year, trade publisher Cygnus laid off 12 percent of its staff—50 people—and “suspended” four of its underperforming titles, hoping to find buyers for those mags.

Well, for two titles, that buyer has finally come in the form of former Cygnus employees.

NueMedia LLC consists president Ross Scovotti, formerly a regional sales representative for Cygnus, and Jay Schneider, ex-Cygnus commercial woodworking group publisher, now CIO of NueMedia.

The new company has recently acquired the content, circulation and product archives of both Wood Digest and Finishing magazines. The deal did not include the magazines’ brand identities, which Cygnus retains.

Scovotti and Schneider told Folio: that instead of relaunching the titles in print, they are creating two new “digital information portals” (aka web sites) at WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com. There’s also a core mobile component using 4G technology.

NueMedia also told Folio: that the new company is going to “change the face of trade publishing forever.”

The sites will go live by mid-April and fully operational by early May.

No word on whether NueMedia is hiring, but the two bosses say that both WoodIQ.com and FinishingIQ.com will contain a mix of new and archived content.

Also, if you go to WoodIQ.com right now, there’s a countdown timer and the most incredible Flash animation we have EVER SEEN.
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ADP: Employment Dropped 23,000 In March

Private employment fell by 23,000 in March, according to payroll giant ADP. It’s the smallest decrease in employment according to ADP’s numbers since February 2008, when employment began falling.

March’s ADP Report estimates service-sector jobs grew by 28,000, which was not enough to offset losses in manufacturing and construction, which declined by 51,000 and 43,000 respectively.

The first chart represents relative growth in the “goods-producing” sector; the second in the service sector. ADP’s numbers are the thick blue line, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ numbers are represented by pink.

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Wash Times Not For Sale | Departures Publisher Stepping Down | More Stuff That Happened Yesterday

Executive Recruiter Confidence Up, Signaling Good News For The Rest Of Us

Executive recruiters’ confidence in their market was positive for the fifth straight month in March, signaling a recovery is perhaps on the way.

ExecuNet’s March poll of 184 executive recruiters found 52 percent are “confident” or “very confident” the executive employment market will improve during the next six months. This is down from a big spike in January but better than the negative numbers during the heart of the recession.

Companies that hire new leaders may end up hiring more “small fry,” as outside talent like to shake things up when they move from place to place.

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Jobs Of The Day: Only ‘Red Carpet Fanatics’ Need Apply

If you love celebrity news, Sugar Inc wants to talk to you. They’re hiring an associate editor for PopSugar in Los Angeles; you’ll cover celebrity events and gossip and learn all about who everyone’s wearing this week and this job is clearly not for us, so you cool kids have at.

More jobs:
W.H. Freeman is seeking a development editor. (New York, NY)
MedImmune has an open position: a senior manager of PR. (Gaithersburg, MD)
Bloomberg is hiring a media planner. (New York, NY)
Foreign Policy is seeking a junior editor. (Washington, DC)
PETA wants a new media coordinator. (Washington, DC)
Major League Baseball is hiring a manager of multi-cultural advertising. (New York, NY)
The Oxford University Press is hiring an editorial assistant. (New York, NY)
Bedford/St. Martin’s wants an editorial assistant. (New York, NY)
WebMD seeks a web editor. (Atlanta, GA)
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is looking for a interactive designer/webmaster. (Rockville, MD)
Ripple6 seeks a social marketing engagement manager. (New York, NY)
BizBash is seeking an account executive. (Chicago, IL)
Publicis Healthcare Communications Group is seeking a delivery director. (New York, NY)
Rosen Publishing seeks a production editor. (New York, NY)
The VIA Group has an open position: a copywriter. (Portland, ME)
Forbes is hiring a research associate. (New York, NY)
NPR’s Morning Edition seeks a production assistant. (Washington, DC)
MSNBC needs a freelance director. (New York, NY)
The University of Florida is seeking an information specialist. (Gainesville, FL)

Every day we scour major job boards, including, but not limited to Mediabistro.com’s listings, to find the best media jobs out there. We screen out duplicates and scams so you know you’re only receiving the top choices.

As of the time of this posting, there were 949jobs on our board.

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